Appleton Public Library
Board of Trustees


January 10, 2000

Present: Bergman, Bloedow, Ducklow, Loebach, Parker, Schuessler
Excused: Bergen, Dunlap, Heuring
Others Present: Dawson, Kelly, Lemke, Wiltzius

President Schuessler called the meeting to order at 5:15 PM. The minutes of the December 14, 1999 meeting were reviewed; Bergman moved approval, Ducklow seconded and the motion passed. Ducklow moved approval of the December 1999 bill registers and Bloedow seconded. The motion passed. Dawson noted a correction to the November, 1999 checkbook register in the Memorial Fund Account. A data entry error incorrectly posted $8002.37 to the Memorial Account that should have been posted to OWLS Rent; the new checkbook register corrected the error.

Director's Report
Staff evaluation
The annual evaluation of staff is in progress. Dawson will meet with President Schuessler and Personnel Chair Bergen to complete his evaluation; they will report at the February meeting.

Board involvement plan
Dawson distributed a proposal of a "Plan for Increased Library Board Involvement" to the Board to review and return to the next month's meeting with any questions that they may have.

Parentech Grant
Ameritech has selected 5 libraries in the state to receive a $2,500 grant; the Appleton Public Library has been chosen. The Children's Section has a plan to develop a parent/child center that would include a computer, software, and other materials pertinent to educating parents along with their children in computer knowledge. It is anticipated that this center will be available within two months. Loebach moved to approve the grant and Parker seconded. The motion passed.

Food for Fines
The Circulation Staff has suggested that the library run a "Food for Fines" program with all donations given to the Salvation Army. The proposed program would be to accept 1 can of food for each dollar in fines. It would run for two weeks beginning January 24th and ending February 6th. Bloedow moved approval, Parker seconded, and the motion passed.

WLA Legislative Agenda
Dawson distributed copies of the WLA agenda for the 2000 Legislative Day in Madison on February 8th and asked for the Board's endorsement. Bergman made a motion to accept the agenda, Parker seconded and the motion passed.

Library and Outagamie Museum collaborative project and grant
Library staff has met twice with staff from the Outagamie Museum to discuss the possibility of developing a collaborative project. There are federal grant dollars available to libraries and museums working in cooperation. Materials of historic value could be digitized and placed on the Internet to make them more available to the public.

Excess Access
Dawson asked the Board to view a 20-minute video from the American Family Association on filtering the Internet. After discussion, the consensus of the Board was that the current library policy of monitoring public Internet stations was sufficient.

The meeting adjourned at 6:15 PM.